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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dan Gabel & The Abletones Salute Vaughn Monroe - Boston, Massachusetts

On Sunday, March 2nd, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, a very special musical tribute to Vaughn Monroe by New England's own new Big Band favorite: Dan Gabel & The Abeltones.

From Dan Gabel's Facebook page:

Come listen and dance to the music of Dan Gabel & The Abletones!, authentic 18-piece Big Band, along with a full string section and special guests in a tribute to New England musical icon Vaughn Monroe!

This concert is presented in partial fulfillment of Dan Gabel's Master's Degree from New England Conservatory.

Special guests include Mr. James Demler singing the role of Vaughn Monroe, Ms. Emma Donahue, soprano, as Vaughn's opera collaborator, Patrice Munsel. Ms. Elise Roth joins the big band as the leaad featured vocalist. Plus, we will be introducing our new vocal group, the "Gabel Gals" in tribute to the original Moon Maids vocal group.

NEC's Brown Hall will be transformed to include a large dance floor, plus concert seating. The event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Gabel family.

For more on Vaughn Monroe's New England connection, including his The Meadows in Framingham where big band music was featured, have a look here at our previous post.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Colrain, Masschusetts - Rush Hour Traffic

A cart and a carriage on  dusty road.  A faded image of Colrain, Massachusetts, a reprint from Picturesque Franklin (1891).

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

States of Mind: New England - presentation at Storrs Library, Longmeadow, Mass.

One more reminder I'll be speaking at the Storrs Library in Longmeadow, Massachusetts tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a PowerPoint presentation on topics from my book States of Mind: New England.  Please see this link to the Storrs Library for more information.

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